The following is a roundup of soccer stories from U.K. newspapers, with clickable links to the Web.
The Paraguayan has had a “miserable” time at Manchester City since a 17 million-pound move last year, the paper added.
Rovers manager Sam Allardyce has money to spend on a striker after his club was taken over by poultry company Venky’s (India) Ltd. Santa Cruz is “way down” the pecking order at Eastlands, the Sun said.
Cole on Warpath
“In the first 10 minutes we had lost the game, psychologically anyway,” Cole was cited as saying. “That was diabolical, we didn’t even turn up for this game.”
Cole said he was isolated up front, without support,
“I think I had just one cross, apart from that I had nothing and as a striker that’s starvation, that’s famine,” he said. “What am I supposed to work on?”
West Ham confirmed the appointment of Wally Downes as assistant manager after the departure of Zeljko Petrovic, the Mail added.
They had a “blazing row” after Gourlay criticized the management team’s use of substitutes, the newspaper said.
The Express added that Wilkins and billionaire owner Roman Abramovich argued during the offseason. The coach’s worsening relationship with the club’s hierarchy may have played a part in his surprise exit two weeks ago, according to the newspaper.
Sturridge on Move?
Chelsea rejected an initial loan request from Rodgers, who used to be a reserve and youth team coach at Stamford Bridge, but a temporary move could be lined up, the paper added.
Cesc Fitness Battle
The Gunners’ captain suffered another hamstring problem during the 2-0 loss at Braga two days ago and has been told he may be out three weeks.
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