Surprise replacement at Chelsea, Liverpool agree signing, Spurs January deal, Ronaldo would love PSG move

first_imgHere’s a selection of stories from Sunday’s papersLiverpool have agreed to sign Brazilian striker Alexandre Pato from Corinthians. (Tutto Mercato via Evening Standard) Jurgen Klopp also wants to sign £14m-rated Empoli midfielder Riccardo Saponara in January. (Tuttosport, in Italian) In the event that Jose Mourinho is sacked, Chelsea will consider a shortlist of three potential interim managers: Roberto Di Matteo, Guus Hiddink and ex-Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers. (Sunday Express) Chelsea are “on red alert” with highly-rated Diego Simeone set to quit his role as Atletico Madrid manager next summer. (Sunday People) Cristiano Ronaldo has told Laurent Blanc that he would ‘love’ to play for him at Paris St-Germain. (Le Parisien – French newspaper) Tottenham’s Andros Townsend will demand a transfer in January. (Sunday Mirror) Roberto Mancini is interested in signing Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic for Internazionale, when the Serbian’s contract expires in the summer. (Sunday Mirror) Louis van Gaal believes former Paul Scholes’s criticism is partly responsible for United fans chanting “attack, attack, attack” in recent games. (Manchester Evening News) Willian will be offered a new Chelsea contract, worth more than £100,000 a week. (The Sun on Sunday) Jose Mourinho may have defied his FA stadium ban for Chelsea’s match at Stoke by communicating with assistants Steve Holland and Rui Faria during the Blues’ defeat. (Mail on Sunday) Former Southampton chairman Nicola Cortese is considering a takeover of Leeds United. (The Sunday Times) Transfer rumours and paper review 1last_img read more

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Ally McCoist blasts Paul Gascoigne’s Scottish Hall of Fame snub

first_img Gazza won both Scottish player of the year awards in his first season with Rangers 3 3 The England legend was loved at Rangers “How could you release something saying, ‘Gascoigne has been inducted into the Scotland Hall of Fame’ – great, Paul gets a boost and his fans get a boost – and then all of a sudden with nine days to go say it’s been withdrawn?“It’s an embarrassment, an absolute embarrassment.” “Does Paul Gascoigne deserve his place in the Scottish Hall of Fame? You’re joking!? 100% he does!””This is an embarrassment.””It was an absolutely pleasure and privilege to play with Gazza.”A brilliant tribute to and defence of Paul Gascoigne from Ally McCoist… 👏👏 pic.twitter.com/bwRIsGe1Bx— The Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast (@SportsBreakfast) October 12, 2018 Gazza joined Rangers from Lazio in the summer of 1995 and won two Scottish league titles and two cups in three years at the Ibrox.He also won both Scottish player of the year awards in his first season with the Glasgow club, and played a big part in their run of nine straight league titles.Former team-mate McCoist added: “Does he deserve his place in the Scotland Hall of Fame? You’re joking, 100 per cent he does!“He is one of the great things to have happened to Scottish football, his three-year spell at Rangers was nothing short of sensational.“It’s just what happens in Scottish football, they just shoot themselves in the foot all the time. But, just nine days before the event, organisers announced they had withdrawn Gascoigne’s nomination due to ‘concerns’ over his health.Rangers legend McCoist has slammed the decision, branding Gazza one of Scottish football’s greatest imports and insisting there is no question he deserves a Hall of Fame spot.“It’s just another embarrassment for Scottish football,” said the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast co-host on Friday.“There is absolutely no doubt that Gascoigne has been one of the players to brighten up Scottish football in the last 30 or 40 years.MORE: Vinnie Jones ‘outraged’ at Gazza’s Hall of Fame snub, calls for mental health experts to get involved“There have been some brilliant imports, players like Henrik Larsson, Paulo Di Canio and Brian Laudrup, but Gascoigne – it was an absolute privilege and a pleasure to play with someone of that talent.“I actually think we got the best out of Gascoigne when he was out Rangers, and he took that to international level with England at the same time. He was playing with Rangers when he scored one of England’s greatest ever goals [that flick and volley against Scotland at Euro ‘96].“He absolutely lit up Scottish football.” Ally McCoist has branded the Scottish Football Hall of Fame ‘an absolute embarrassment’ over the decision to withdraw Paul Gascoigne’s nomination.Former Rangers and England superstar Gazza was set to be inducted at a dinner in Glasgow in October 21, having been nominated by the public and selected by an expert panel. Ally and Gazza developed a close bond during the England legend’s three years at the Ibrox 3last_img read more

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