The following is a roundup of soccer stories from U.K. newspapers, with clickable links to the Web.
Manchester City players want coach Roberto Mancini to get fired, saying they’ll never win the Premier League with the Italian in charge, the Sun said.
Mancini has lost back-to-back games, and City players have fought among themselves, the newspaper said. While the team members aren’t sure who should replace the coach, they’re puzzled by his tactics and his behavior, the newspaper said.
Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson will meet new club owner John W. Henry this week and tell him the team needs to sign new players, the Guardian said.
The pair talk almost daily, and will sit down before the Reds play Chelsea at Anfield next weekend, the newspaper said.
Henry “is very interested and committed and anxious to learn more about the club and what can be done and what needs to be done and how the club can move forward,” the manager said.
Tottenham coach Harry Redknapp may be charged by the Football Association after questioning referee Mark Clattenburg’s integrity because of a farcical goal by Manchester United at the weekend, the Daily Mail said.
United’s Nani handled the ball in Spurs’ penalty area, and then kicked the ball into the goal as Tottenham keeper Heurelho Gomes lined up what he thought was a free kick, the newspaper said. The referee hadn’t blown his whistle, and allowed the goal to stand.
“The officials will come up with a story that will make it look right,” Redknapp said. “That’s the way it happens. He made a cock-up, but he’ll come up with some excuse.”
Blackpool coach Ian Holloway says he wouldn’t be too upset if his club was relegated from the Premier League, the Sun said.
The manager said his team is good enough to stay in the league, but players have to prove it by continuing to win against clubs such as Liverpool, Newcastle and Wigan, where the Seasiders have found success, the newspaper said.