The following is a roundup of soccer stories from U.K. newspapers, with clickable Internet links.
Ferguson Picks Moyes
Alex Ferguson wants Everton’s David Moyes to succeed him as Manchester United manager after the 71-year-old announced his retirement, the Sun reported.
Ferguson urged United’s board to move for Moyes, who held emergency talks in London yesterday with Everton Chairman Bill Kenwright, the newspaper added. Kenwright said last night that no deal was in place and that Moyes would be in charge for Everton’s game against West Ham in three days, the Sun said.
United officials asked Ferguson for his recommendation and are said to have looked no further when he endorsed Moyes, the Daily Express reported.
Moyes will be appointed as early as today on a five-year contract and will include Everton captain Phil Neville, a former United player, on his staff, the Daily Mirror reported.
Moyes, 50, is expected to bring long-term United target Leighton Baines with him to Old Trafford, the newspaper added.
Moyes’s move leaves Wigan Athletic’s Roberto Martinez, former Everton player Mark Hughes and Martin O’Neill as his potential successors at Goodison Park, the Independent reported.
Wayne Rooney has asked to leave United at a time when the club is lining up the possible return of Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid, the Daily Mail reported.
Rooney told Ferguson two weeks ago that he wants a fresh challenge after growing frustrated with his role in the team, the Mail said. United said last night that Rooney isn’t for sale, the newspaper added.
David Gill, United’s outgoing chief executive officer, has been in Madrid to meet Jorge Mendes, who represents Ronaldo, and the Red Devils are confident of securing the return of the player they sold to Real Madrid for a world record 80 million pounds ($124 million) in 2009, the newspaper added.
Chelsea will compete with German champion Bayern Munich to sign Rooney and will appeal to his desire to stay in England, the Daily Mirror reported.
Blues owner Roman Abramovich personally sanctioned a 30 million-pound move for the England forward and contact has been made between Chelsea, United and Rooney’s representatives, the newspaper added.