Blackburn Approaches Maradona Over Manager’s Job: Soccer Roundup

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

Maradona Courted

Shebby Singh, who was put in charge of recruiting a new manager by Blackburn Rovers owner Venky’s, has made an approach to former Argentina captain and coach Diego Maradona, the Daily Mirror reported.

Singh has opened discussions with Maradona, who is available and said to be “keen” after leaving Dubai-based club Al Wasl in July, the Mirror added.

Redknapp to Rovers?

Former Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp is set for talks to become the new Blackburn manager, the Daily Mail reported.

Redknapp faces competition from former Rovers defender Henning Berg, who was interviewed for the job yesterday, while Blackpool manager Ian Holloway remains in contention, the Mail added.

Defender Tracked

Manchester United is tracking 4 million-pound ($6.4 million) rated Molde defender Vegard Fooren, 24, who plays for the Norwegian team managed by former Red Devils striker Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, the Sun reported.

“He could play for United, but I don’t need to tell him that,” the Sun cited Solskjaer as saying.

German Network

Arsenal is expanding its scouting network in Germany in an attempt to identify and secure the country’s best emerging talent, the Daily Mail reported.

Gunners chief scout Steve Rowley is said to have spent an increasing amount of time in Germany as the club focuses more attention on a country that produced Arsenal first-team regulars Per Mertesacker and Lukas Podolski, the Mail added.

Vote of Confidence

Queens Park Rangers manager Mark Hughes, whose team is winless after nine Premier League games this season, was given a vote of confidence by club chairman Tony Fernandes yesterday, the Daily Express reported.

“I honestly believe we have one of the best managers in the league,” the Express cited Fernandes as saying in a Twitter posting. “Stability is the key.”

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