Blackburn Wants Tim Sherwood to Replace Kean as Manager: Roundup

The following is a roundup of soccer stories from U.K. newspapers, with clickable Internet links.

Rovers Return

Blackburn Rovers want to hire their 1995 Premier League- title winning captain Tim Sherwood as manager to replace Steve Kean, the Sun reported.

Club owner Venky’s (India) Ltd. is close to firing Kean and Sherwood, who’s spent the past four years as Tottenham Hotspur’s assistant first-team coach, tops the list of potential successors, the newspaper added.

On Alert

PSV Eindhoven put Manchester United on alert after telling midfielder Kevin Strootman he can leave the club in January if his 20 million-pound ($32.3 million) valuation is met, the Daily Mail reported.

United sent scout Martin Ferguson to watch the 22-year-old Strootman, who’s played 11 times for the Netherlands national team, on several occasions last season, the Mail added.

Winning Wager

Ryan Tunnicliffe’s Manchester United debut as a substitute in last night’s League Cup win against Newcastle earned his father a winning bet of 10,000 pounds, the Guardian reported.

When the 19-year-old midfielder was nine, his father Mike placed a 100-pound wager that his son would one day play for United at odds of 100-1, the newspaper added.

Waiting Game

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger urged Theo Walcott to show patience with his desire to play as a central striker, the Mail reported.

Walcott started on the wing and scored twice in last night’s 6-1 League Cup win against Coventry after saying this week that playing as the main forward may be instrumental in his signing a new contract with the club, the newspaper added.

“At the moment there is big competition up front, we have a different formula and the team is doing well,” the Mail cited Wenger as saying. “His time will come for that and at the moment we have to be a bit patient.”

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