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Hughes May Be Fired If QPR Doesn’t Win Next Game: Soccer Roundup

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

Job in Jeopardy

Queens Park Rangers manager Mark Hughes may be fired if his winless team doesn’t beat Reading in their Nov. 4 Premier League match, the Daily Mail reported.

A number of senior officials are said to have lost patience with Hughes and the final decision will be left to co-owners Tony Fernandes and Amit Bhatia, the newspaper added.

Magpies Midfielder

Newcastle United agreed to sign France midfielder Moussa Sissoko ahead of Premier league rivals Tottenham, Liverpool, Everton and Fulham, the Sun reported.

The 23-year-old is free to sign a pre-contract agreement from Jan. 1 because his Toulouse deal expires at the end of the season and he’s already committed to the Magpies, the Sun added.

Mancini Blow

Manchester City’s hiring of Txiki Begiristain as Director of Football effectively reduced manager Roberto Mancini’s role to that of first-team coach, the Independent reported.

Mancini will now find himself below City’s chief executive officer Ferran Soriano and Begiristain in City’s new “pyramid of excellence,” and leaves the Italian able only to recommend which players City might buy, the newspaper said.

Knee Surgery?

Manchester City defender Micah Richards may be out until Christmas amid fears he needs surgery after injuring his knee during the 1-0 win against Swansea two days ago, the Daily Telegraph reported.

Initial tests suggested that Richards might have damaged a cartilage, although a full assessment will not be made until the swelling has subsided enough for him to have a scan, the newspaper added.

Sampirisi Scouted

Chelsea, Manchester United and Liverpool had scouts watch Genoa full-back Mario Sampirisi play against AC Milan two days ago, the Daily Mail reported.

Sampirisi, 19, began his career in Milan’s academy as a wing-back before reverting to a deeper position, the Mail added.

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