The following is a roundup of soccer stories from U.K. newspapers, with clickable links to the Web.
Curbs to Villa?
Former West Ham and Charlton boss Alan Curbishley is the lead candidate for the vacant Aston Villa manager’s job, the Daily Mirror said.
Villa owner Randy Lerner and chief executive officer Paul Faulkner spent three days in London interviewing candidates, with Curbishley believed to be among them, to replace Martin O’Neill, the Mirror said. Lerner wants someone with Premier League experience and that would rule out Kevin MacDonald, who was named interim manager when O’Neill quit Aug. 9.
Former Manchester City midfielder Martin Petrov said there “is no trust” at the Premier League club, the Sun said.
The Bulgarian, who moved to Bolton this season, said City’s squad isn’t playing as a team because it’s full of millionaires with no relationships, the newspaper said.
Tottenham striker Robbie Keane turned down a chance to join Turkish side Besiktas, the Daily Mail said.
The transfer period didn’t end in Turkey until yesterday and Besiktas made an 8 million-pound bid for Keane, who was offered a three-year contract, the Mail said. Keane considered the deal before deciding to remain at Spurs, the newspaper said.
Newcastle defender Sol Campbell says he’s not too old for a recall to the England national team, the Daily Star reported.
Campbell, 35, last played for England in 2007 and has set his sights on rejoining the squad, the Star said. He felt his performance for Arsenal last season was good enough to earn a place on the World Cup team, the newspaper said.
Everton striker Louis Saha has turned to a 5,000-year-old practice to help with his chronic knee problems: leeches, the Sun said.
Saha, 32, put leeches on his swollen knee when he went to visit his grandparents in Guadeloupe and said they have left him feeling like a 20-year-old, the Sun said.
“It swells up less, I feel fine now,” the newspaper quoted Saha as saying.