The following is a roundup of soccer stories from U.K. newspapers, with clickable links to the Web.
Ancelotti for QPR?
Former Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti may be offered an immediate Premier League return with promoted Queens Park Rangers, the Daily Mirror reported.
QPR coach Neil Warnock’s leading boardroom ally, vice-chairman Amit Bhatia, quit his post yesterday in a move that left Warnock “exposed,” the newspaper added.
Bhatia, son-in-law of metals billionaire Lakshmi Mittal, confirmed that his family’s bid to buy the team from Bernie Ecclestone had been turned down. He also disagreed with an increase of as much as 40 percent in season-ticket prices.
Jose Mourinho has ruled out a return to Chelsea, the Sun reported. The Real Madrid coach “snubbed” Blues owner Roman Abramovich by saying he is not interested in replacing Ancelotti, who left last weekend, the newspaper added
Arsenal has pulled out of the race to sign West Ham’s Scott Parker and is now focusing on Lille’s Eden Hazard, according to the Daily Star.
Attacking midfielder Hazard is rated at 30 million pounds ($49 million), the Star added.
Ex-Arsenal captain Patrick Vieira may return to his old club as a coach, the Daily Mail reported.
He’s set to be released by Manchester City in the weeks ahead after making only 16 starts for the team this season, the Mail added.
Aston Villa manager Gerard Houllier is keen to return to work after doctors reassured him that his recent health scare wasn’t connected with his job, the Daily Express said.
He expects to be back in charge for pre-season as early as July 7, the Express added.
Black Cat Crouch?
Striker Peter Crouch is a target for Sunderland manager Steve Bruce, the Sun said.
Tottenham will only do a deal if it can recoup the 10 million pounds Crouch cost two years ago when he joined from Portsmouth, the newspaper added.
Sunderland is set to open talks with Coventry goalkeeper Keiren Westwood before this weekend, the Guardian reported. He’s available on a free transfer.