WILL he stay or will he go? To paraphrase The Clash’s old hit, Jose Mourinho’s time as Chelsea boss, second time around, is on a knife-edge.
Today the Daily Mirror suggests time is not quite up – he’ll get a stay of execution so long as he wins back the players.
But he can’t do that if doesn’t talk to them. And Ramires claims he offered only a wall of silence after the defeat to Liverpool.
Meanwhile, Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini may be a relieved man if reports in Spain are correct. The word there is that the former Barca boss is about to renew his contract with Bayern Munich.
So let’s kick off the new week with Monday’s mash-up of gossip and speculation, all punctuated with our unique ratings to guide you as to the credibility of the tales in question…
JOSE Mourinho will be given a stay of execution as Chelsea manager – but must win back the players.
(Mirror) 4/10 No… what he has to do is win games – and to do that he has to have the players onside anyway.
Mourinho said very little to the media following his Chelsea side’s sixth league defeat of the season, but according to Blues midfielder Ramires he “didn’t say anything” to his players either.
(Chelsea website) 10/10 Led Zep had a song about that: “Communication Breakdown”.
Mourinho’s Chelsea future is in the balance and owner Roman Abramovich “doesn’t know what to do”.
(Daily Star) 2/10 Doubt it, but if this is true, it must be catching!
Former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba, 37, is considering a loan move to Serie A side Bologna. The Montreal Impact forward will be free to move during the MLS off-season from next month.
(Mirror) 10/10 He’s having a fine wind-down to retirement… Chelsea must be tempted!
Manchester United and Manchester City are competing for the signature of 18-year-old Anderlecht midfielder Youri Tielemans.
(Daily Star) 7/10 More fodder for the first-team fringe.
Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney, 30, has received a multi-million pound sponsorship offer from sportswear giants Adidas, who would like him to switch him from Nike.
(Sun – subscription required) 10/10 Must be tempting now he’s turned 30!
Chelsea striker Diego Costa could be banned for four matches after appearing to kick out at Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel in Saturday’s 3-1 defeat at Stamford Bridge.
(ESPN) 10/10 The video evidence is damning.
But another report claims Costa will not be punished as the FA is satisfied the incident does not warrant further action.
(Daily Mail) 5/10 Really all depends on whether the referee saw the incident.
Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola is “very close” to agreeing a contract extension with the German club. His current deal expires at the end of the season.
(Sport – in Spanish) 7/10 It might be good news for Manuel Pellegrini.
Two weeks before he retired, former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson told Patrice Evra that he planned to stay on for another five years and was “99 per cent” sure Real Madrid’s 30-year-old forward Cristiano Ronaldo would return to the club.
(Times – subscription required) 9/10 Sounds kosher – and sounds as though Sir Alex went at the right time!
Barcelona have apologised for disrupting Getafe forward Victor Rodriguez’s press conference on Saturday when first-team players barged in dressed up in Halloween costumes.
(Goal.com) 0/10 Sense of humour breakdown? It was halloween.
By making his 35th appearance for Everton in the 6-2 victory over Sunderland, Arouna Kone earned a 12-month extension to his contract with the club. Kone, 31, scored a hat-trick in Sunday’s win.
(Liverpool Echo) 10/10 The performance alone might have got the deal.
Everton are considering making a bid for Barcelona’s 20-year-old forward Munir El Haddadi.
(Don Balon – in Spanish) 6/10 Put a marker down for January.
A scientific study in the United States has found that persistent heading of modern lightweight footballs can cause lasting brain damage.
(Guardian) 10/10 So what would they have made of Jeff Astle persistently heading old-style, heavier, leather balls?