Mourinho ‘open to shock Chelsea return’ for third spell as manager – Reports

first_imgJose Mourinho could return to Stamford Bridge as manager of Chelsea for a third time Mourinho won three Premier League titles during two different spells as manager of Chelsea The current Blues boss Maurizio Sarri is edging closer to joining Serie A champions Juventus According to The Sun, Mourinho is seriously considering a third spell in charge of Chelsea.The Portuguese boss said in March that he hoped to be back in management in June.Blues legend Frank Lampard is still the favourite to takeover but the Chelsea board are looking at managers with top-flight experience.Former Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri, Ajax’s Erik ten Hag, Nuno Espirito Santo at Wolves and Watford’s Javi Gracia are also fairly high in the betting.Sarri is waiting for the final say from Chelsea before getting the go-ahead to complete his return to Italy, which is partly reliant on the Europa League winners finalising their own succession plan.Mourinho might now have provided a tempting offer for Chelsea, as he is eager to get back into work since being sacked by Manchester United in December.The 56-year-old has been doing some punditry work on beIN SPORTS while he waits for the right job. JOSE’S BLUES RECORD 1st spell: June 2004 – September 20072nd spell: June 2013 – December 2015Games in charge: 320Wins: 204Draws: 65Defeats: 513x Premier League titles3x League Cups1x FA Cup Jose Mourinho could be about to return to Stamford Bridge as manager of Chelsea for the third time.The Blues’ current boss Maurizio Sarri is edging closer to joining Serie A champions Juventus.This means the west London club are in a race against time to find the right person to take control. Mourinho had a row with then-club doctor Eva Carneiro before he was sacked in 2015 Mourinho has been doing some punditry work on beIN SPORTS while he waits for a new jobMourinho won three Premier League titles, the FA Cup and three League Cups during two spells at Stamford Bridge.His last stint in charge ended on a sour note as he was sacked following a poor start to his league title defence.This came on the back of his row with then-club doctor Eva Carneiro over her going on to the pitch to treat Eden Hazard during the season-opening 2-2 draw with Swansea.If Mourinho does return he may be hamstrung in the transfer market as the Blues are currently banned from registering new players for two windows.The London club have submitted an appeal to CAS to grant an interim ruling. Source: Daily Maillast_img read more

Mourinho fears United succumbing to pressure after third straight loss

first_imgLONDON (AP):The footballing divide in Manchester is becoming clearer a month into the season.On the blue side, Pep Guardiola is thriving at the start of his Manchester City career with five wins out of five in the Premier League.On the red side, Jose Mourinho is discovering the toils David Moyes and Louis van Gaal endured trying to live up to Alex Ferguson’s high achievements during his 26-year reign.After opening the campaign with three successive wins, the record 20-time English champions have now lost three games in around a week.A 3-1 loss at Watford yesterday – ending a 30-year unbeaten run against the club based north of London – followed a losing start to the Europa League on Thursday at Feyenoord in the Netherlands. The miserable sequence started last Saturday by losing the first Manchester derby of the season to Guardiola’s City.”I feel that some individuals probably feel the pressure and responsibility too much,” Mourinho said at Vicarage Road.”We started the season very well with (winning) the Community Shield and three victories in a row in the Premier League, the best start that a new manager has had at Manchester United I think.”But was I thinking that my team was ready, perfect, unbeatable? Not at all. I was completely aware that we were not perfect, with lots of players who are not end products and can make their own mistakes.”Although 18-year-old Marcus Rashford marked his first start of the season for Mourinho by cancelling out Etienne Capoue’s opener, Watford surged back in front in the 83rd minute at Vicarage Road. Substitute Camilo Zuniga scored within a minute of coming off the bench and Troy Deeney netted a penalty in the fifth minute of stoppage time.It’s only five games into the Premier League season but United are already six points behind the leaders – Guardiola’s City.”We have to improve, no doubt, individually and collectively,” Mourinho said. “And that’s my job.”If not, United could be missing out on the top-four again and face another season out of the Champions League. But there’s a long way to go in the season.Here is a look at yesterday’s other games:TOTTENHAM 1, SUNDERLAND 0Moyes is trying to revive a reputation tarnished by his time at United at a club renowned for its struggle to stay in the Premier League. Five games into the season and Sunderland only have one point after this fourth loss.It was a mixed day for Tottenham. Harry Kane scored in consecutive league games for the first time since March by tapping into Sunderland’s goal in the second half. But the league’s top scorer in the last campaign was stretchered off toward the end of the fixture at White Hart Lane with an ankle injury.Kane left the stadium on crutches and Tottenham is waiting to discover the extent of the injury after scans today.CRYSTAL PALACE 4, STOKE 1Like Sunderland, Stoke have only a solitary point after being condemned to a fourth straight league loss on a trip to south London.Stoke collapsed inside 11 minutes at Selhurst Park, with goals from James Tomkins and Scott Dann seizing control of the game. Another goal burst came in the second half when James McArthur and Andros Townsend netted inside four minutes, while Marko Arnautovic got Stoke’s only goal, in stoppage time.SOUTHAMPTON 1, SWANSEA 0Claude Puel’s wait for a win as Southampton manager is over, thanks to Charlie Austin’s goal. The substitute striker also got the south-coast club’s Europa League campaign off to a bright start on Thursday by netting twice against Sparta Prague.Southampton have five points from five Premier League games, while Swansea are a point behind.last_img read more

DANIEL PRAYS FOR GOOD HEALTH FOR MAJELLA AND BETTER GOLF IN 2014

first_imgDaniel O’Donnell has revealed he has two New Year ambitions – continued health for his family and getting his golf handicap down!Daniel and MajellaThe singer has had one of the toughest years of his life after wife Majella was diagnosed with breast cancer.Majella, 53, who now has a very good prognosis after undergoing chemotherapy, spent Christmas with her husband at their home in Kincasslagh. Daniel sang at midnight mass at Christmas and spent a quiet festive season with Majella and his mum and family.Speaking on Highland Radio, the singer said he is just looking forward to singing and enjoying other people’s company.“Please God we will look forward to this year with renewed ambition and just to be able to enjoy everything.“I want to thank God for all the good health everyone is going to have including Majella and mother mother (Julia) and everyone that is around the family. Please God we will have a great year,” he said. The one thing that Daniel plans to spend more time on is becoming a better golfer.He says he loves nothing better than beating his fellow golfers over 18 holes.“I would like to get the gold handicap down a wee bit. I would like to get a few more pound in that way.“It’s great when you can get the money coming in off the eighteenth,” he laughed.Despite cutting back on his live shows recently, Daniel says he has no plans to hang up his microphone for good. “I want to continue doing it as long as I can. People say ‘will you retire?’. I hope I won’t retire. I would just like to continue. As long as people come to see us and I am able to do it, I would like to think I will do it at some level,” he said.DANIEL PRAYS FOR GOOD HEALTH FOR MAJELLA AND BETTER GOLF IN 2014 was last modified: December 26th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:cancerdaniel o’donnelldonegalgolfKINCASSLAGHMajella O’Donnelllast_img read more