The following is a roundup of soccer stories from U.K. newspapers, with clickable links to the Web.
Ancelotti’s Roma Talks
Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti has held talks with Roma about becoming the Italian club’s new coach, the Daily Mail reported, citing Ancelotti’s former Italy teammate Ruggiero Rizzitelli.
“I believe there are negotiations with Ancelotti and Roma already,” the newspaper cited Rizzitelli as saying. “But it all depends on how much money is available. If Ancelotti comes to Roma, he expects a competitive side.”
Chelsea is considering approaching Avram Grant to become its new director of football as part of a shakeup of the London club’s staff in the offseason, the Telegraph reported.
Grant’s future as West Ham manager will be reviewed at the end of the season and the Hammers may decide that parting ways is best for all concerned given the difficulties of this campaign, the newspaper said. With Ancelotti’s future as Chelsea manager in doubt, Chelsea is considering a number of options as to how the club will be run, the Telegraph added.
Liverpool striker Andy Carroll, who joined the club in January for a transfer fee of 35 million pounds ($57 million), was valued at 1 million pounds by Newcastle at the start of last season, the Sun reported.
Carroll, 22, was also marked down as a player to monitor in a dossier for prospective bidders detailing Newcastle’s 2009-10 business plan, the newspaper added. Each of the 21-man senior roster was given a transfer value and an indication of whether they should be retained, sold or monitored, the Sun added.
Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson is refusing to speak to his club’s own television station after being charged with improper conduct for criticizing referee Martin Atkinson, the Guardian reported.
Ferguson canceled his weekly media briefing before the game at Liverpool in two days and the club confirmed that MUTV will not be allowed any time with the manager after airing the interview that could lead to him getting a touchline ban for as many as five games, the newspaper said.
Arsenal has identified Celtic’s Emilio Izaguirre as a potential replacement for Gael Clichy amid fears that the French defender will not sign a new contract, the Mail reported.
Clichy’s contract expires at the end of next season and Arsenal will consider selling him at the end of this campaign rather than risk losing him on a free transfer, the newspaper added.